The CMS PTSO would like you to know we are here for you if you are struggling, need resources or guidance during this difficult time. Please reach out to us through E mail.  It takes a village and we have an amazing one.

Our next fundraiser will be to support Teacher Appreciation Day. We are looking for some new, fun, fundraising ideas!  Please contact Ann O’Neill at 518-392-1560 x2068, or with your suggestions.

Penny War

The PTSA is starting a friendly grade-level competition for penny points, it’s so much fun!  The goal of the Penny War is for each grade to collect as many PENNIES as possible in their jar AND put as many NON-PENNIES in the other grades’ jars.

Here’s how it works:

Each grade level is a team.  Each team needs its own labeled container or jar. Money is worth “points” based on its monetary value. But there’s another key rule in a Penny War. Pennies give your team positive points—while nickels, dimes, and quarters take points AWAY from the team’s total.

  • Pennies = +1 point
  • Nickels = -5 points
  • Dimes = -10 points
  • Quarters = -25 points

Therefore, you want to put PENNIES in YOUR TEAM’S jar (positive points). However, you want to put nickels, dimes, quarters (negative points) in the jars of OTHER TEAMS. The goal is for your team to have the most POSITIVE points by the date for the end of the fundraiser. Contest will run through the month of January. The grade with the most points will be crowned the reigning champions (prize TBD).

Money raised from this event will support the Chatham Middle School PTSO!

Volunteers needed…

Calling all parents of Chatham Middle schoolers, a Parent Teacher Student Organization is forming to help out at various school functions.

After several years of not having a volunteer group at CMS we would like to start a new one. The hope is to have a Parent, Teacher and Student group to work toward improving our school atmosphere, increasing morale and having social activities to encourage a fun and friendly school community. Social activities could include book fairs, activity days, an Arbor Day picnic, and Saturday movie matinees. We could also participate in community events such as Winter Walk, the Chatham Centennial, and Octoberfeast. Students have expressed interest in starting a school garden, painting the halls and designing murals to be painted on the walls.

This summer Mrs. Fuss and Mrs. Wallace generously dedicated their time and energy to paint the cafeteria. Recycling bins have been made available for bottles and cans; there is a space for compost, which can be used in the garden (once we get it started). Their energy was contagious, and with their enthusiasm and help the concept for a PTSO for the middle school was conceived.

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